Brexit impact assessments

Alexander Tiffin made this Freedom of Information request to HM Revenue and Customs

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The request was refused by HM Revenue and Customs.

Alexander Tiffin

Dear HM Revenue and Customs,

I would like to know if you have unreleased Brexit related assessments. If so can you release them to me in full.

It has been reported today that you do indeed have, a so far unpublished impact assessment relating to our exit from the European Union.

This is very much within the public interest and ask that it be released without delay.

I would like to know what the HMRC envisages the impact on the UK's tax and VAT revenues would be in the event of a no deal.

Will revenues initially fall in the event in the event of a no deal? If so why?

What precautions you are taking and what is the cost of these precautions?

Yours faithfully,

Alexander Tiffin

foi.team@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk on behalf of FOI Central Team, HM Revenue and Customs

Our ref: FOI2018/01582

Dear Mr Tiffin,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Acknowledgement

Thank you for your communication of 23rd July which has been passed to
HMRC's Freedom of Information Team.

We have allocated the above reference which you should quote if you need
to contact us.

The Team will arrange for a reply to be sent to you which will either
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think it's an enquiry that we don't need to address under the terms of the
Act, let you know why. If it is the latter we will, if possible, pass it
on to a more appropriate part of the Department for answer.

Yours sincerely

HMRC Freedom of Information Act Team

foi.team@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk on behalf of FOI Central Team, HM Revenue and Customs

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Dear Mr Tiffin,

Please find attached HMRC's response to your information request.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Dear HM Revenue and Customs,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of HM Revenue and Customs's handling of my FOI request 'Brexit impact assessments'.

This is one of THE most important things our country is going through. The public interest in Brexit and the possible outcomes of a No Deal is extremely high.

While you may argue that this undermines the UK ability to negotiate, but the case for public transparency is far more important in this case. People living in the UK have an absolute right to know what a government department thinks will happen in different scenarios.

To withhold them undermines public trust in our government. There is no case to say that the public interest case isn't compelling enough.

I again ask you to consider what is more important.

Public trust in our government or witholding what are merely scenerios.

Even more compelling is the fact several government ministrs have stated that the UK will be fine in a no deal situation. Therefore the case for disclosure is hard to refuse.

Failure to release them undermines the right we have to hold our elected representatives to account. They have made these claims so we now have the right to know whether or not they are true in the HMRCs opinion.

Please ensure that the original reports are kept and remain unaltered from the date of my original request as I will take this to the ICO and the High Court with NUJ help if necessary.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

Alexander Tiffin

foi.team@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk on behalf of FOI Central Team, HM Revenue and Customs

Our ref: IR2018/01845

Dear Mr Tiffin,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Acknowledgement

Thank you for your communication of 17th August which has been passed to
HMRC's Freedom of Information Team.

We have allocated the above reference which you should quote if you need
to contact us.

The Team will arrange for a reply to be sent to you which will either
comply with HMRC's obligations under Freedom of Information Act or, if we
think it's an enquiry that we don't need to address under the terms of the
Act, let you know why. If it is the latter we will, if possible, pass it
on to a more appropriate part of the Department for answer.

Yours sincerely

HMRC Freedom of Information Act Team

foi.team@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk on behalf of FOI Team, HM Revenue and Customs

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Dear Mr Tiffin,

Please find attached HMRC's review of our response to your information
request.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Alexander Tiffin left an annotation ()

I have submitted a request to the ICO to investigate this request on the basis that negotiations cnnot be harmed as the UK government has a clear stance in the Chequers Agreement and that also government ministers and MPs have stated that a no deal is acceptable and ok.

Therefore to be able to hold them to account we should be able to see the information they are basing these claims on.